Success: Country Promises to Eliminate Tiger Farms

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Target: Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Goal: Applaud Laos for promising to phase out cruel farms that breed endangered tigers to profit from their body parts.  

Laos has promised to end farms that breed tigers to harvest their body parts after international pressure. The country is thought to be a major center for wildlife trafficking in Asia as a result of the lack of enforcement of regulations restricting offenders.

This announcement could substantially hurt this illegal industry and save many tigers from a brutal fate, helping to protect the already dwindling population of tigers in Southeast Asia. This fantastic news is made possible by the tireless efforts of animal conservationist organizations and by petitions like this one at ForceChange.

Tiger parts are sold to be used as traditional medicine in some parts of Asia, and some even purchase parts of these majestic creatures as delicacies. Conservationists believe that there are only about 3,900 tigers left in the wild. Farms that breed tigers to sell their parts increase the appetite for this endangered species.

Laos’ recent commitment to end tiger farming in the country is a major victory in the fight against animal trafficking in Asia. Sign this petition to praise the Laotian Prime Minister for joining the effort to combat these horrific activities and for helping to preserve an endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minster Sisoulith,

Thank you for committing to the gradual elimination of tiger farms in Laos. Implementing this new measure could help to curb illegal animal trafficking in the country. The population of tigers in the wild is estimated to only be around 3,900. Your promise to shut down tiger farms can help protect the few tigers still remaining in the wild from being harvested for profit.

Those that have bred tigers to sell their parts to be used as medicine and to be eaten as a delicacy should be brought to justice for killing these endangered animals. While Laos still has a long way to go in combating animal trafficking, this is an important measure to ensure that tigers are preserved in the wild for future generations. Thank you for making the choice to compassionately defend these animals and stand against cruelty for profit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Monka Betley

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10 Comments

  1. Promising is one thing – doing it is actually another. I’ll applaud them when they actually do it!

    • Kae Blecha, OTR says:

      I’m with you. Did we get it in writing?

    • Totally agree. “Gradual”? – by WHEN? 50 yrs from now??? Sounds like just more propaganda to deflect prying eyes, and akin to the “gradual phasing out” of gestation crates for pigs in N. America, or the BS “going cageless” for hens – smoke and mirrors!

      They actually DO it, and pronto, or it warrants NO praise. Besides, what will they do with all these poor Big Cats – just kill them ANYWAY?

  2. Holly Moloney says:

    Laos? You mean the country that has been repeatedly found to hide and protect poachers? This is just one more lie in a landfill of dishonesty.

    Screw Laos.

  3. Seeing is believing!

    No need to ‘phase’ out. Just close these farms and send the tigers to sanctuaries via organisations like the Humane Society.

  4. annie vallet says:

    this needs to be done under control of an ngo or organization such as animal asia etc

  5. Judith Mitchell says:

    Thank you for this excellent move. I hope we will read in future that you have been successful; I hope the tiger-breeding business will not go under-cover. I hope the Laotian tiger population will live longer, freer, and in growing numbers. Please rigorously enforce your new law and accept my gratitude.

  6. Thank you Prime Minster Sisoulith, the world will continue to look out for positive news from your country to combat animal trafficking.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Promises are broken all the time❗️Hold them to it❗️😠
    Signed & Shared😡

  8. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm really

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